HTGYG Show #159: Science Fair, Singing and Space Showers!

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Europa orbiting Jupiter. (Artist’s impression. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser)

Europa orbiting Jupiter. (Artist’s impression. Credit: NASA, ESA, and M. Kornmesser)


It’s that time of year again – science fair projects, stomach viruses, field trips and chaos! Apologies for the sound being off, but I wanted to get this out to you! This episode, I talk about our adventures finishing up the school assignments before the holiday break and the fun the kids had singing at various locations. I also talk about what I think is the biggest space news story of the year – Europa’s showers of water.

As promised, here’s the pic and link of the Mythbusters Science Fair Book – here’s #2, but we have both editions.

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Mythbusters Science Fair Book #2

Also, I recommend the following sites for creating bibliographies: Noodletools for MLA, and APA Format Citation Generator for APA style.

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Logo Art by Tim Coffey

Theme music: Alien for Christmas cover by IFightDragons

HTGYG Show #158: Universe Today and Catching Up!

I’m interrupting my predicted flow of episodes to update you all on my new job and events. Check out Universe Today’s web site here and click through to follow us on Twitter, Pinterest, G+, etc! I’m thrilled to be over there, and hope to be back on schedule here as well! Here’s a great hangout from Fraser’s trip to LA last week!

Please email me with your own comments at howtogrowyourgeek-at-gmail-dot-com, or call my voicemail number at (678) 235-GROW (4769) and leave your thoughts. And last but not least, you can follow me on Twitter at @SusietheGeek or the show at @HowToGrowGeek, on Goodreads as SusieMurph, on Pinterest as SusietheGeek and on Google+ as +SusieMurph!

Logo Art by Tim Coffey

Theme music courtesy of Jonathan Coulton

Space Is A Busy Place

Credit: NASA

A little over a year ago we watched with baited breath as the Mars Science Laboratory performed its amazing landing on the red planet. Since then we’ve followed the Curiosity rover as it has traveled Gale Crater. It is easy to forget that there is a lot of really great science going on focused on other parts of the solar system.

Credit: NASA

Credit: NASA

Just the other day the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer (LADEE) fired it engines slowing the spacecraft enough to be captured by the Moon’s gravity and bringing the craft into orbit on October 6th. LADEE will eventually fly in a low 50 kilometer (31 mi) orbit collecting detailed information about the ultra thin lunar atmosphere, lunar dust and conditions near the surface.
Yes, you did read that right the Moon does have an atmosphere… it is just really really thin.

Credit:NASA/JPL

Credit:NASA/JPL

Today, October 9th, the Juno spacecraft will be passing by Earth to perform a critical gravity assist maneuver on its way to rendezvous with Jupiter in 2016. That’s right the wonders of orbital mechanics mean that in order to send the ship to Jupiter it actually has to come back to Earth. Juno’s will be at its closest to the Earth at 3:21 EDT, passing over South Africa at an altitude of about 500 kilometers (350 mi). This maneuver will accelerate Juno’s velocity by 16,330 mph.

And as for Curiosity, yeah she’s still trucking along towards Mt Sharp.

You can find out more about this and other interesting space science at Universe Today or your science blog of choice.